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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 33,029

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Question for Hillary backers: how do *you* feel about the TPP?

Hillary championed the thing as SoS, and hasn't changed her mind as far as I know. I'm a little confused about someone wanting to be a champion for the 99% while advocating an action that will likely cause bigger profits for the rich, and more job loss and wage erosion for the rest of us.

Can you understand my confusion? And I'm probably not the only one scratching their head over this.

Please help us unbelievers out. Is the TPP not a bad thing? Or is it just not a big deal? Or, so what, you just want Hillary because you want Hillary? Or... ?

Thanks in advance.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 15, 2015, 07:41 PM (296 replies)

#PRDP Post# What are the *real* reasons that any person wouldn't love Hillary as our nominee?

Let's create a definitive list based on what we absolutely know in our guts.

1. They don't like women
2. They don't like strong women
3. They are Republicans
4. Benghazi!!!
5. The Clenis!!!
6. PDS (Pony Deficiency Syndrome)
7. Ratf@#kers!
8. Thinks she's too ambitious.

I think that covers it. Any other possibilities?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 06:08 PM (24 replies)

Fellow Liberals: we're scaring the right people.

Third-Wayer Rahm Emanuel was forced into a mayoral runoff, the first time ever in Chicago for an incumbent IIRC. And this despite having a zillion dollars in contributions from people who stand to make money from his reelection, and the backing of some notable (confessed) Republicans.

Two years ago, only four Senators voted against the rich Wall Street Banker that Obama picked to negotiate the TPP and the other international assaults on the 99%. Today, Obama seems to be having some difficulty in getting the thing slipped through in secret.

Heard much talk from Democrats about cutting Social Security lately? About the need to eat our peas and all that bull#%^*? Not really.

And this weekend, A new milestone: our newest always-was Liberal, Hillary Clinton, vowed to search tirelessly for the real killer people who stacked the deck against the 99%. I can't wait to find the bastards.

And even the DUers who, just a week ago, were baying about the political foolishness of Liberalism are now proud Liberals themselves, but not like us previous Liberals who are still merely dolts short a pony, haters, ratf#%ckers or whatever.

We're not winning the thing yet, but we're making damned good progress.

First they steal your money
Then they moon you
Then they steal your message as candidates, then moon you once elected
Then you win
Unless you let them get away with co-opting your message

- Mahatma Goldstein (with deep aplogies to Mahatma Gandhi and all sentient beings everywhere)

Now comes the dangerous times. We Liberals are starting to mess up their plans for a fourth home here, a private plane there. They want their damned extra homes and planes, and they are rich, and they are smart, and they will #%^* up our *^%# to buy their doggies gold water bowls.

They are trying the easy way now, to co-opt our brand of political thought and action. I believe they will fail.

When the easy way fails, then things may get pretty ugly. They want our stuff, they think it belongs to them. They WANT IT, DAMMIT! Hell, we know they'll even start wars based on fantasy just to get the gold water bowls for their doggies. They are that disturbed.

Don't give it to them. Moon 'em back, instead.

If we hold fast, if we stay the course, if we're tough and press the fight, we will continue to make progress, then we'll win battles, then we'll win the war. Because we're right, and they're wrong, and this is why history has a well-known Liberal bias over the centuries.

We. Will. Win.

Because we are Liberals. The real deal.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 12:53 AM (54 replies)

It's a spear?

Sorry, I don't think so.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Apr 13, 2015, 04:09 PM (15 replies)

The freak out of some Democrats over

some comments about Our Next President™'s logo is interesting.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Apr 13, 2015, 08:05 AM (107 replies)

Run Like Hell

Roger Waters - Run Like Hell (The Wall Live in Berlin) 1990:
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Apr 12, 2015, 11:36 PM (3 replies)

Do you like America 2015? Then you'll *love* Hillary 2016.

However you feel about Hillary Clinton, perhaps only a handful of people have been as responsible for America's trajectory over the past 20+ years.

Want more of the same? That's what she's selling, no matter the messaging around it.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Apr 11, 2015, 12:19 AM (178 replies)

|PRDP post| Clinton's "theme" - what's your guess?

If Hillary's crazy enough to run for the Presidency (given that her favorability ratings are already heading down significantly, after actual exposure to the public and the total-non-scandal-whose-subject-shall-not-be-mentioned)... What do you think the overarching theme of her campaign will be?

I supect something like Reagan's "morning in America", which would be ironic on multiple levels, but given her track record (love of Wall Street and millitary action) she needs to divert attention to the future (e.g., "a new day with security for the 99%... our children will be able to afford college... ")

Which would be funny, given her passions. We could have Larry Summers as our Captain Kangaroo.

But, as it's said, nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People.

Your thoughts?

(Note that this is a PRDP group post. Unlike, say, GD, behaving like an adult is mandatory.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Apr 11, 2015, 12:10 AM (15 replies)

Is Hillary Clinton fading in 2016? Sort of.

Washington Post: Is Hillary Clinton fading in 2016? Sort of.

"We have, at long last, reached the point in the 2016 cycle (what year is it, again?) in which we can start comparing apple-to-apples. Which is to say: We're starting to get good polls from reputable pollsters that allow us to track patterns over time.

Quinnipiac University put out a new poll Thursday that tracks Hillary Clinton's performance against the panoply of possible Republican challengers in three states: Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia. The nice thing is that they polled in the same states two months ago, so we can see what's changed.

In short: Clinton's lead against any or all of the tested Republicans has dropped in Colorado and Iowa and increased in Virginia.

...

That's made more evident when we look at favorability ratings for Clinton in the two polls. In Colorado and Iowa, her unfavorables spiked -- meaning that people were increasingly likely to view her unfavorably and decreasingly likely to view her favorably. In Virginia, they were relatively flat."
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 9, 2015, 08:00 PM (8 replies)

Hearing the details on the Iran agreement tonight... makes me ANGRY

I've been in bed half-dead with some GI-tract plague for the best part of four days, am catching up with the world. Listening to a podcast on the Iran nuclear agreement, I suddenly got mad. Real mad.

I'm mad because there are people who don't want a treaty, who'd prefer to get other people's kids killed instead of making a pretty-reasonable deal. It is a sick thing from calloused souls.

War is Hell.

War is a thing waged only as a very last resort. It is never waged for anything less by people with healthy minds. Not "to show we really mean it" nor to "teach 'em a lesson" nor "to triangulate against the Republicans".

Perhaps it's time to bring back the die-ins to show Republicans and Third-Way swine that Americans don't want no war, no more. Something needs to be done.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:34 PM (80 replies)
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